In recent decades, localized studies of the histories of the book have proliferated and matured. Attention to the effects of the transmission of knowledge in different media has consequently influenced work in many scholarly fields. This weekend conference carries forward the examinations of the 2001 Folger conference “Transactions of the Book.” With sponsorship from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, it offers a close focus on the Continental book trades as well as on the impact of the printed book on transnational or international knowledge communities. As was its predecessor, this conference is an international gathering of social and intellectual historians, literary critics, bibliographers, and others. By extending the scope of investigation beyond the widely recognized impact of the printing press, the conference encompasses the work of influential experts and new perspectives alike to assess current trends in light of the evidence of carefully historicized local studies.
Organized by: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and Ann Blair (Harvard University), with Kathleen Lynch (Folger Institute).
Panelists include: Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Princeton), Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary University of London), Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (SUNY Buffalo), Marija Dalbello (Rutgers), Elizabeth Eisenstein (University of Michigan, emerita), Mordechai Feingold (Cal Tech), Anne Goldgar (King’s College London),James Hankins (Harvard), George Hoffmann (University of Michigan), Adrian Johns (University of Chicago), Hilaire Kallendorf (Texas A&M), Joseph Loewenstein (Washington University), Ian Maclean (Oxford), Noel Malcolm (Oxford), Margaret Meserve (University of Notre Dame), Paul Needham (Princeton), Paul Nelles (Carleton University), Antonio Ricci (York College, CA), Joan-Pau Rubiés (London School of Economics), David Harris Sacks (Reed College), Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania), Bette Talvacchia (University of Connecticut), Germaine Warkentin (University of Toronto), and Abby Zanger (Tufts University)
Schedule: Thursday evening, all day Friday and Saturday, 9 – 11 March 2006.
Grant-in-aid Application Deadline: 3 January 2006. Grants-in-aid of attendance are available to all scholars regardless of consortium affiliation and require an application for consideration.
Registration Fee: $75, $50 for graduate students, due by 3 February 2006.
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